Manaia, a canine competitor in the 1980 Waikiki Roughwater Swim, reportedly finished in 90 minutes, faster than about 400 of the 922 official finishers in the 1980 2.4-mile ocean race across Waikiki Beach. Unfortunately, the Labrador-Irish setter dog's photo however has been lost over the years.
However, it appears that the Canine Spa in Pennsylvania is prepared to help your canine pet become competitive in the water.
Of course, if you are a little nervous that your pet is not completely water-safe in the open water, you can always use a dog life jacket, dog life preservers or dog life vest.
If your dog is not acclimated to cold water, Ruff Wear (shown above) is one alternative.
Like humans in the sport of open water, there are a number of open water disciplines and opportunities for canines, like dock diving and at dog beaches.
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